Universes of Feeling

(Photo of Albert Camus by Cecil Beaton and found on Everyday I Show.)

For something very different from recent posts, I saw this photo just now and immediately thought I wish I could have a conversation with this man. I’ve only read Albert Camus’ “Myth of Sisyphus,” and it’s been a while now. Sure he talks about absurdity, but the page I just opened to when I pulled it off of my shelf again had this:

Like great works, deep feelings always mean more than they are saying. The regularity of an impulse or a repulsion in a soul is encountered again in habits of doing or thinking, is reproduced in consequences of which the soul itself knows nothing. Great feelings take with them their own universe, splendid or abject. They light up with their passion an exclusive world in which they recognize their climate. There is a universe of jealousy, of ambition, of selfishness, or of generosity. A universe-in other words, a metaphysic and an attitude of mind. (Justin O’Brien translation, p. 8)

Hmmm. . . I still don’t quite know what to think of this, but certainly for a passionate man as he seems to have been, this must have been true.

Update (4/18): When I read that quote, it made me think of how since these feeling universes don’t announce themselves, they’re easily confused with the everyday world we interact with. This confusion between feeling and reality often leads to frustrated personal interactions. Hmmm. . . How can universes be communicated?